"She just impacts the game so much, even if she's not hitting the ball," Astor said. "Teams have to worry about her always. You saw it late in Game 5 [against Newport Harbor]. We were up 13-12 coming out of a timeout, and their outside hitter had to really bunch in and help the pipe [back row attack], just in case we set Hayley. We were able to set Jessie Harris and get a kill, and it was a great decision by our setter in that situation.
"Much like a great wide receiver or running back in football, you have to worry about that person, even when they're not touching the ball. It's hard to count the ways volleyball-wise that she helps us. It's kind of innumerable, in that aspect."
Hodson will do whatever she can to help the Sea Kings succeed.
When she isn't playing for her country, she's playing for her school.
"I think we've been doing well," Hodson said. "Being a young team [Pouch is the only senior starter], I think the girls have adjusted really well and we've been playing hard. There's always room to improve, but I'm pretty proud of us so far."
Born: Sept. 8, 1996
Hometown: Pacific Palisades
Coach: Steve Astor
Favorite food: Sweet potato fries
Favorite movie: "Les Misérables"
Favorite athletic moment: Wearing the USA jersey for the first time at age 13, at the High Performance Championships.
Week in review: Hodson had a match-high 25 kills, seven in the final set, in CdM's five-set victory at Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay on Sept. 28.